Politics

Castlegar celebrates quarter-century anniversary with Japanese sister city

Yuri Kutschera addresses Castlegar city council.

Castlegar and Embetsu have the longest unbroken sister city relationship in Canada, reaching the quarter-century mark this year.

“Twenty-five years ago, there was a signing ceremony in Embetsu, to become twin cities,” said Yuri Kutschera, a member of the Castlegar Educational Exchange Committee. “So we are the longest city who is still continuing student exchanges in Canada.

Christmas lights consultant, Civic Centre mural, traffic concern, broadband confusion, financial details, and more: Nelson city council June 9, 2014

Christmas lights consultant, Civic Centre mural, traffic concern, broadband confusion, financial details, and more: Nelson city council June 9, 2014

 

The following is a summary of the proceedings at Nelson City Council's regular meeting on June 9.

Choquette Avenue re-zone and a difficult intersection

Provincial government addresses concerns over potential BCTF full-scale walkout

Provincial government addresses concerns over potential BCTF full-scale walkout

Teachers head to the voting booth today and Tuesday to consider whether teachers want to launch a full-scale walkout.

The British Columbia Teachers Federation (BCTF) has said the walk out would begin Monday, June 16.

The ease the stress of the full-scale strike, the provincial government published a press release on their website to give parents a heads up of what to expect and address concerns over student ability to write final exams, receive final report cards, and transition to the next grade or on to post-secondary.

Safe drinking water on tap for Robson?

Safe drinking water on tap for Robson?

Residents of Robson have been on a boil water notice since 1997, but now, finally, drinkable tap water might finally become a reality once more.

“In British Columbia, all water that is consumed by the public that is surface water, (our water is surface water from Pass Creek) by law has to be treated,” said Anne White, trustee for the Robson Raspberry Improvement District.

One step closer to making Riverfront Centre a reality

One step closer to making Riverfront Centre a reality

The Trail Historical Society has been awarded $20,000 by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance towards capital costs of the proposed Riverfront Centre, which will join Trail’s library and museum facilities.

“We are thrilled to kick off our capital fundraising campaign with this announcement and are grateful to the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) and the Columbia Basin Trust for their continued support of heritage preservation and exhibition in the region,” said society president Jamie Forbes.

OP/ED: City explains benefits of boundary extension

OP/ED: City explains benefits of boundary extension

As the Boundary Extension Alternative Approval Process (AAP) for the City of Trail’s intent to extend its boundaries into Columbia Gardens (Electoral Area A) proceeds, the City would like to reiterate the benefits and advantages of the boundary expansion to the public and media.

OP/ED: Minister releases statement on BCTF job action

OP/ED: Minister releases statement on BCTF job action

Education Minister Peter Fassbender released the following statement in response to the BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF) decision to possibly escalate their job action to a full strike:

LETTER: SD 20 Superintendent discourages student walkout slated for tomorrow

LETTER: SD 20 Superintendent discourages student walkout slated for tomorrow

Dear parents and guardians:

In schools across British Columbia, a student walkout is being promoted for the morning of Wednesday, June 4.

While I respect the desire of students to express their views regarding the current labour dispute, the proposed walkout raises a number of concerns, particularly with regard to student safety.

I am writing to inform you that School District No. 20 (Kootenay‐Columbia) does not sanction the proposed walkout. As a result, parents should be aware that:

Ministry of Education does an about face on pay cut to Kootenay area school psychologist

Dr. Todd Kettner . . . hopeful an agreement can be reached

An open letter to Premier Christy Clark from a registered psychologist from Nelson that received thousands of reads in media circles has prompted the Ministry of Education do an about face a story Saturday on the website of the Vancouver Province newspaper said.

The provincial government needs an education about education

The provincial government needs an education about education

I cannot decide if I should laugh or cry in response to the Provincial government’s exasperating effort to come up with lock-out terms for teachers. The government’s objective is to entice teachers to accept its conditions for a new contract. How can restricting the teachers’ hours at work, reducing their income by an arbitrary percentage, and demanding that they nonetheless continue to perform services essential to education on a volunteer basis motivate teachers to agree?

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